When The Mandalorian was announced, it can be assumed that no one expected the caliber of talent to sign on for the series. Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Gina Carano, Taika Waititi, and more have all graced the small screen in Star Wars‘ first live-action series.
Up until now, the series has spread out its use of its notable talent, with some still to come. In this week’s episode however, The Mandalorian enlists a slew of names that’ll have fans geeking out.
“Chapter 6: The Prisoner” follows Mando reuniting with an old friend from the past, Ranzar “Ran” Malk, for a job that requires breaking out a prisoner on a new republic ship. Ran is played by Mark Boone Junior, who many will remember as Detective Flass in Batman Begins or Bobby “Elvis” Munson from Sons of Anarchy.
To break out the prisoner, Ran has put together a crew, led by comedian Bill Burr as Mayfeld, a former Imperial sharpshooter. Also in the crew is a Devaronian named Burg, played by Clancy Brown, the voice of Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants, who also starred as Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok and Captain Hadley in Shawshank Redemption; Twi’lek, a former lover of Mando, played by Natalia Tena, who you may recognize as Tonks in the Harry Potter films and Osha on Game of Thrones; and finally, the crew’s droid Zero is played by Richard Ayoade, star of The IT Crowd and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace.
While the episode is stacked with guest stars, it also has no shortage of cameos. As the motley crew makes their way through the republic ship, they come across a crew member named Davan. Star Wars fans will recognize the actor playing Davan as Matt Lanter, the voice actor behind Anakin Skywalker in the acclaimed animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
To top it all off, the episode ends with three x-wings zoning in on Ran’s ship, thanks to a location tip from Mando. The three pilots that show up in the last few minutes are played by Mandalorian directors Dave Filoni, Deborah Chow, and Rick Famuyiwa, the latter of which directed “The Prisoner”.
This episode was a must see for Star Wars and Mandalorian fans, as it kicks up the action, and the cuteness of Baby Yoda. What more could you as for on a Friday?